April 07, 2016
Washington, D.C. – JAMS announced today that Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.) was appointed to serve as an arbitrator for the National Basketball Player’s Association. He’ll serve on matters related to players and agents.
The NBPA is the union for current professional basketball players in the NBA. Established in 1954, the NBPA mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court.
The arbitration system to regulate agents was created with the intention that the arbitration process shall be the exclusive method for resolving any and all disputes that may arise from denying certification to an agent or from the interpretation, application or enforcement of these regulations and the resulting fee agreements between player agents and individual players. This will insure that those disputes, which involve essentially internal matters concerning the relationship between individual players, the NBPA and player agents performing certain delegated representative functions relating particularly to individual player compensation negotiations – will be handled and resolved expeditiously by the decision-maker without the need to resort to costly and time-consuming formal adjudication. The hearings will be scheduled in New York, unless the parties mutually agree on Chicago or Los Angeles.
Judge Levie has extensive experience as an arbitrator in single and tripartite cases in a variety of subject matter areas. He has served as the panel chair in numerous cases and also as a party-appointed neutral in tripartite cases. Using his many years of litigation and judicial experience, Judge Levie has developed a reputation as an arbitrator who promptly decides discovery and dispositive motions and renders well-reasoned awards.
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. With Resolution Centers nationwide and abroad, JAMS and its more than 300 full-time neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267.